Porta Ticinese, the southwestern city gate

Southern Milan is chiefly a residential part of Milan. While you can find a couple of old landmarks in here, there aren't as much of them as in the Centro Storico, and this part of the city is more "local" and "ordinary". If you enjoy greenery, there are several small parks scattered around the area.

Likely the best known attraction here are the canals (navigli) that in former times were used for sailing in from the Lombardian countryside. It's quite popular to sit at the bars along the canals and enjoy a drink, and more watering holes are to be found further east around Porta Ticinese.

Get in

Metro lines 2 and 3 connect the area to the central parts but if you are visiting the area around Porta Ticinese and want to walk as little as possible, take the tram.

There's a railway station close to the Navigli; Porta Genovese station. Currently it's only used for local trains from Mortara.


Inside Santa Maria delle Grazie al Naviglio
Palazzina Liberty in Parco Vittorio Formentano
Naviglio Grande

Historic monuments


Parks and gardens






A concentration of aperitrivo bars are located in the area near the Colonne di san Lorenzo and Corso di porta Ticinese, or close by in the Navigli area (subway: MM2 Porta Genova Station). You can also take the #3 tram to "Piazza Ventiquattro Maggio" stop. From Porta Ticinese (the large archway), head west into the canal area of Navigli. There are great restaurants for aperitivo in this area, including:



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